Jul 30, 2018
On today’s Yogahealer Real Life Show, I have some powerful, inspiring and heart opening conversation with Sri Dharma Mittra, a Brazilian yogi who has dedicated most of his life in service to humanity and teaching yoga. We dive deep into pain and suffering and why these unpleasantries are essential to human life in order to move through our karmas and develop a lifelong learner perspective. We discuss wonderful topics such as the realization that we are all in the driver’s seat of our lives, the evolution of consciousness on the planet, and the simple pleasures of life such as sitting and just being.
I ask Sri Dharma how he encourages his students not to get stuck on their lower samadhis and how to not plateau at the spiritual intoxication of asana. He gives us insight gives us into the eight limbs of yoga, why we practice certain poses, and what they help us and challenge us to do. We discuss the power of love and compassion and feeling empathy for others at very subtle levels.
Today’s podcast is chalk full of incredible grounding information on yoga, asana, and the spiritual realm and is worth listening to again and again!
Sri Dharma Mittra has dedicated most of his life in service to humanity teaching yoga, the ancient knowledge of how to attain radiant health and develop spiritually. Since 1967, he has been teaching Classical Yoga: advanced postures, Yama and Niyama and how to lead a content, simple and happy life.
Sri Dharma was born in 1939 in the small, remote village of Pirapora, Brazil and was raised Catholic in a poor family of 5 children. In his early teens, he became involved in esoteric teachings and yoga through books his younger brother was studying. From 1958 through 1964, Sri Dharma served in the Brazilian National Air Force and practiced bodybuilding, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He had only practiced yoga through books in his late teens when his younger brother Sattya went to New York City to meet and commence studies with their future Guru.
Sattya eventually asked Sri Dharma to come meet his guru in NYC and in 1964, after leaving the airforce and selling his bodybuilding gym he flew to the United States. The very next day, Sri Dharma had a private consultation with the Guru with his brother serving as translator. After meeting his Guru, Sri Dharma immersed himself in intense study and practice of the classical Eight Limbs of Yoga and dedicated nine years of his life to the full-time practice of Karma Yoga. After three years, Sri Dharma was initiated as a Sannyasi (one who renounces the world in order to realize God). During his years as a renunciate, he had the esteemed honor of being the personal assistant to the Guru, attending to all his needs.
In 1967, Sri Dharma was asked to teach intermediate and advanced classes in Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises) at the Yogi Gupta New York Center both for his fellow disciples and the general public. He was also involved with preparing food, manning the juice bar and was the main handyman. Sri Dharma was demonstrated Yoga Asana at the lectures the Guru offered to the public in the ’60’s and ’70’s in hotel ballroms all around New York City. With Yogi Gupta’s blessings, Sri Dharma left the Ashram in 1974 to found the Yoga Asana Center in 1975, currently known as the Dharma Yoga New York Center.
Sri Dharma left the Ashram to live his destiny — a life dedicated to sharing and spreading the truth, knowledge and light of God through yoga in the most humble and quiet of ways. Connect with Sri Dharma on website and facebook page.